ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has received confirmation of a £440k EU grant from the Seventh Framework Program: SME-2011-2 Research for SME Associations to develop equipment for process heat applications. ITM Power will be working with TWI Ltd and a broad range of EU partners to commercialise its low cost combustion gas technology.
TWI will have overall management responsibility for the project and consortium which includes the Asociación Española de Soldadura y Tecnologías de Unión, the Heating and Ventilating Contractor’s Association, The European Association for Brazing and Soldering, LG Stucchi S.r.l, Mobo Impianti S.r.l, Webber Brennertechnik GmbH, Valmex, Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT.
In many applications hydrogen can offer a direct replacement for propane and acetylene. Hydrogen combustion in air or oxygen provides a high temperature heat source without carbon emissions. Appropriately designed hydrogen burner technology can circumvent the safety problems associated with relying on pressurized acetylene cylinders in a variety of industrial settings. The work builds upon the alkaline polymer technology developed in the recently concluded HydroGen project, of which ITM Power was a partner.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: “This is our first EU grant. At ITM Power we are interested in on-site fuel production packaged as CE marked products. Industrial process heat applications use a wide range of fuels combined with oxygen and air. On-site fuel production alleviates the need for delivered bottled gas which has significant logistical and safety advantages.”
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